the National Capital Physicians Foundation have named the Primary Care Coalition as the recipient of the second annual Webster Sewell, M.D. Access to Care Award. The recognition is bestowed on organizations committed to increasing access to health care for people in the National Capital Region, a mission Dr. Webster Sewell dedicated his career to achieving. Dr. Sewell was a Black Montgomery County physician who never turned away a sick person who couldn’t pay. His practice became primarily pro-bono.
The Primary Care Coalition was nominated for the Webster Sewell, M.D. Access to Care Award by former Montgomery County Health Officer Carol Garvey, M.D., who was also one of PCC's founding board members. In her nomination, she cited the Primary Care Coalition’s work in addressing the health disparities faced by low-income individuals and families in Montgomery County. She also noted PCC’s deep commitment to providing a continuum of care for people who are uninsured or underinsured, have limited financial resources, experience health inequities due to structural racism and other social determinants, or face additional barriers to achieving healthy lives.
The PCC works with clinics, hospitals, healthcare providers, and other community partners to coordinate healthcare and related services for the community’s most vulnerable residents.
Primary Care Coalition President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Graham accepted the award on April 27 at the Montgomery County Medical Society’s Celebration of Medicine and Installation of Officers event.